Sri Lanka blasts: 2 JD(S) workers killed, 5 others missing

Colombo, April 21, 2019 (Xinhua) — Security staff stand on guard outside the St. Anthony’s Church where a blast took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 21, 2019. Sri Lankan authorities said on Sunday that the death toll from the explosions which shook the Sri Lankan capital earlier in the day had risen to 185 while 469 others were injured. (Xinhua/A.Hapuarachchi/IANS)

Bengaluru, April 22: Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Monday said that two Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) members were among the five Indians who were killed along with 290 others in the deadly Easter serial blasts in Sri Lanka.

“I am shocked to hear that a seven-member team of JD-S workers from Karnataka, who were touring Colombo, has gone missing after the bomb blasts. Two of them are feared killed in the terror strike. I am in constant touch with the Indian High Commission on the reports of those missing,” Kumaraswamy said in a series of tweets.

“External Affairs Minister @SushmaSwaraj has confirmed the death of two Kannadigas, K.G. Hanumantharayappa and M. Rangappa, in the bomb blasts… I am deeply shocked at the loss of our JD-S party workers, whom I know personally. We stand with their families in this hour of grief.”

Earlier in the morning, the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka confirmed death of two more Indian nationals, K G Hanumantharayappa and M Rangappa in the bomb blasts in Sri Lanka yesterday.

Deaths of 5 Indian nationals have been confirmed so far.


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